The Holi Festival of Colors in India is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the destruction of the demoness Holika. It is celebrated every year on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna which is early March. People celebrate the start of spring and other events in the Hindu religion; they march the streets and spray people with colored powders while dancing and singing. Celebrate the Holi Colors festival in India with our very own Trips To India!
Holi Festival India Historical Background
Although it is a Hindu festival, it is popular among non-Hindus. People gather the night before Holi and perform religious rituals and then pray for the destruction of their internal evil. The next morning people start the real carnival traditions and smear each other with colored powders; they sometimes use water guns and water-filled balloons for more fun. Groups of people march the streets with drums and other instruments, singing and dancing. People also gather with their families and friends to color each other and share Holi delicacies.
The event lasts for a night and day, from the evening of the full moon (Purnima). Holika Dahan, the burning demon Holika, is the first evening of the event. On this night, people gather, perform religious rituals on a bonfire and pray that the evil inside them is destroyed the way Holika was killed in the fire.
3 Steps for Holi Festival Celebration
Before the Festival, people often gather wood and combustible material to light a bonfire in parks, in community centers and also in open spaces. Preparation also involves stoking homes with food, party drinks and festive foods like mathri, malpuas and gujiya among many other foodstuffs.
Lighting the Bonfire
There are numerous colors people use on this occasion. Traditionally, the user of a washable natural color is the best for this occasion. Some of the colors you can use include dhak, kumkum, turmeric, and neem. Moreover, water-based commercial pigments work as well, if you can’t assess the traditional colors.